This month, much-loved Hungarian pastry house Kürtősh celebrates a decade of fresh hand-made pastries, the most amazing cakes and late-night coffee in Crows Nest.
We love celebrating local businesses having milestone birthdays and this year one of the sweetest eateries around – Kürtősh – turns 10! The European cafe has been a firm favourite for North Shore locals since it opened in March 2013, serving freshly baked chimney cakes, signature slab cakes and coffee until 10pm.
People often stop at the window and watch as staff create the signature pastry – a kürtősh, by coiling dough around a giant rolling pin, ready to be baked to sweet golden goodness. It’s then rolled in Nutella, cinnamon, coconut or chopped nuts.
However, the kürtősh is just the beginning. The well-stocked cabinets are filled with an enticing array of house-baked slab cakes, which are sold by weight and are great for those wanting to try a bit of everything or present lots of options at a function.
“We have a uniform price of $6.90 per 100 grams for any cake…,” explains Gisele Dussault, marketing manager at Kürtősh. “This is for ease because often people order more than one, however selling by weight is also very European. It’s like buying apples and mango, or going to the deli and buying salami. You pick how much you want; a little bit less or a little bit more.”
Customers can ask their friendly team to slice larger squares for special occasions or create a mix-and-match slab with up to four different cakes. Kürtősh’s best seller is the baked raspberry cheesecake with a white chocolate brownie base. Gisele explains, “It’s a Polish style cheesecake, which is very different from the New York cheesecake… it’s incredibly light, like a souffle or a cotton cake.”
Their alcohol-free tiramisu is a close second, along with a flourless chocolate cake made from sour cream and layered with dark chocolate ganache.
Kürtősh’s pastries and loaves are inspired by memories of hearty European home baking shared with family. Rogallach (soft crescent-shaped bread filled with cookie crumbs) is a perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee, while chocolate babka (sweet braided tear-apart bread dough) is a great afternoon tea treat.
If you’re in the mood for something savoury, try the traditional burekas with feta and ricotta, sweet potato and thyme, or potato and mushroom. Pair it with Kürtősh’s specialty Seven Miles Roasters coffee blend, Teacraft Teas, and a range of juices and smoothies.
Kürtősh is proud to be one of the few places in Sydney where customers can come for a coffee after 3pm. In fact, they’re open until 10 or 10:30pm every night.
You might also be surprised to learn this isn’t their only location – the specialty store delights customers in Surry Hills, Haymarket, Marickville and Randwick. Crows Nest is Kürtősh’s physically largest store however, and their bench table seats up to 20, making it ideal for mother’s group meetings or big family outings.
The only question that remains is which of their amazing cakes they’ll choose to celebrate the big 10!
Story: Melissa Woodley